A conversation with Gary Hall about pirate philosophy, academic celebrity and social theory

In this interview, Gary Hall argues that if we are to move to a post-capitalist society, we need to experiment with new ways of being and doing that are based less on ideas of self-centred individualism, competition and celebrity, and more on openness, collaboration and the gift. The university, he suggests, is somewhere we can actualise such alternative modes of thinking and working, as it is one of the few spaces in post-industrial society where the forces of contemporary neoliberalism are still being overtly opposed, to a certain extent at least. A persona he proposes we adopt in order to do so is that of the pirate, this being for him someone who tries, teases and troubles as well as attacks our existing economic, legal and political models.

Pirate Philosophy: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/pirate-philosophy
Uberfication of the University: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/the-uberfication-of-the-university

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